Essays, Words

Ceci n’est pas un titre

You see it and get that nightmarish shiver you can only recall from your dreams. It is an image inviting you to get lost in the world in front of your eyes while the world behind them strives to decipher that strange familiarity. It is an unconventional word and a plot twist in the story. It is absurd and childish. It is real and abstract. A philosophy: surrealism.

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Essays, Words

A Visual Analysis of Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums

Although I had never seen a Wes Anderson film until very recently, I had always known him to be a quirky, indie, offbeat, and whimsical filmmaker. This assumption most likely grew from friends or family who have mentioned him in conversation, or critics whose reviews I have come across.

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Essays, Words

The Pagan And The Priest: An Inquiry Into The Religious Colonization Of Ireland

ne of the rich traditions of Irish Culture lies in its unique mythology. The emblem of their history is defined by it, and its close ties to the mysticism and beliefs of paganism idiosyncratic to the island. Festivals of celebration, and the tradition of giving one’s self into excess is, at times, a producer of culture that can sparsely be seen in nations considered “civilized,” which is easily demonstrated by the concoction of tales surrounding Fairies, Banshees, and Gods that are fairly native to the populace of Ireland.

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Essays, Philosophy

Moral Economy: An Original Economic Form for the Human Condition

Teodros Kiros, PhD       MAAT was to ancient Egypt as Wisdom was to ancient Greece. Wisdom was to Plato’s aristocratic regime as Maat was to Egypt’s social and political life.

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Essays

Wittgenstein, Ordinary Language, and Songwriting

Pat Pattison       My world shifted forever one Tuesday afternoon, decades ago, in Bob Baker’s Philosophy 1 class at the University of Minnesota. Bob was making a case for Descartes’ distinction between Appearance and Reality, and my head was swimming a bit.

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Essays

Humiliation — An Essay On Ingmar Bergman

Sean Brennan       In the final moments of Summer With Monika, Harry Lund (Lars Ekborg) reflects upon the happiest days of his life.  Defeated by both his wife’s betrayal and his own newfound cruelty, Harry reminisces on their summer together.

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Essays

The Things That Crushed Him

Michael Nasaruk       His right leg was shaking, out of control. The golden sustain pedal beneath his foot gained momentum and kept pressing back against the low and unstable pressure of his leg.

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Essays

Alien’s Ellen Ripley and NASA’s Anna Fisher

Spanning the void between fiction and reality       Taylor Page       Regardless of the photographer’s intent, this Life magazine’s 1985 cover of the American Astronaut Anna Fisher says it all: The New York City bread graduate Anna Lee Fisher (top) of UCLA ignites a intriguing comparison to Ellen Ripley: one of world’s most famous female heroes projected in film.

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Essays

The True Nature of Religion

Salome Kotsoladze       Contemplating about the true nature of religion, whether or not religious beliefs lie in or outside the bounds of rationality and reasoning is something all of us have thought about. “Why religion, since so costly, has survived?”

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Essays

Setting and Structure Communication — An Analysis of Langston Hughes’ “Bop”

Mateo Rodo       The piece “Bop” by Langston Hughes is a dialectic expression of the Socratic method between two characters: Simple and the narrator, “I”. In this conversation, the subjects illustrate a teacher-student relationship.

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Essays, Featured Artists, Volume 3, Words

Life Under the Cloud of Unmet Expectation

By Steve Almond A lot of what I do as a writer boils down to making obnoxious assumptions, so let me start with one: if you’re reading this, you’re an aspiring writer, or an aspiring musician, or both. The first thing I’d like to do (this being the case) is to dismiss any lingering notions of glamour you might associate with a career in the arts. I will do so by presenting an essay I composed last night. It is entitled: What I Did Yesterday. Okay.

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Euterpe’s Lament

Essays

Euterpe’s Lament

Un Petite Overture  On a mid-October day in 1996, over a quarter of a million people gathered at the prestigious Frankfurt Book Trade… or, the ‘Frankfurter Buchmesse as it is known, the largest and most prestigious book fair in the world.

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Birding for Berkleeites: The Fenway Victory Gardens

By Fred Bouchard

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